All humans are equal. Regardless of race, everyone has the same right. However, racism has been going on for a long time until modern times. Racism is the belief that people of some races are inferior to others, and the behavior resulting from this belief. There are some cases in which Korean people were discriminated against.
For example, Park Jun-hyung, a Korean celebrity, became a victim of racism while filming an entertainment show in Belgium. He became surrounded by many people and was almost beaten just because he was Asian. Even though the camera was running, they ridiculed Park Jun-hyung and other Asians around him.
Also, during the 2018 World Cup, it became controversial when Mexicans posted pictures about Korea in gratitude. In the pictures, they made eye-pulling gestures, a representative gesture that belittles Asians. Whether they intended to do such a racist act or not, it was an obvious mockery.
Unfortunately, racist behavior towards Asians is rapidly intensifying and accelerating after COVID-19 occurred. Because, COVID-19 first occurred in China, “Asian phobia” is spreading worldwide. Chinese and Asians are being verbally abused, assaulted, and even threatened with death. In fact, according to ‘Racism is Contagious’, which is a COVID-19 racial discrimination management website, 1,710 cases of racial discrimination against Asians in the United States have occurred from March 19 to May 13.
We can often hear news about Asians being discriminated against. However, haven’t we ever been racist to others? Racism is not only overseas but also exists domestically. After the spread of COVID-19, discrimination against immigrants, including Chinese, seems to have gotten worse than before. Koreans are very reluctant and feel uncomfortable to allow foreigners to enter Korea. This is also discrimination.
Let us think about multicultural families in Korea. In Korea, the number of foreign immigrants who have married labor immigrants and international marriages is increasing rapidly. However, some Koreans ignore foreign immigrants and children from multicultural families who are poor at speaking Korean. Children from multicultural families are often ostracized in school because of their different skin colors. In some cases, people from multicultural families are stereotyped as low-income families. The perception of multicultural families in Korea is very unpleasant. What should we do to overcome it?
We should reduce discrimination and prejudice against foreigners living in Korea and try to respect and harmonize with them. The era of insisting only on homogeneous Korean traditions is already coming to an end. As global citizens, we need to be united and embraceable. We should be more mature and alert to racism in our society and respect various cultures and people.